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Working with a grumpy killer whale was terrifying

Working with a grumpy killer whale was terrifying

from Metro News (UK) / by Lesley O Toole

Marion Cotillard, 37, has won an Oscar, slept with Batman and was Bafta-nominated for playing a killer-whale trainer in her latest film, Rust And Bone

You’ve made huge Hollywood films such as Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. What was it about this smaller French film?
It was one of my dreams to work with the director Jacques Audiard [of A Prophet, Oscar-nominated as Best Foreign Film in 2010]. Then I totally fell in love with the character. You don’t read many interesting powerful female roles like this, especially one with a very unusual story.

There’s a harrowing scene where a little boy falls through the ice. Was that difficult to watch, as a mother of one?
Oh yeah. Unbearable. When I first read the script, I was weeping at the end. But it’s a beautiful tale.

Did you ever play on the ice as a kid?
No. It’s super-dangerous. I remember a scene like that in the film The Four Daughters Of Doctor March, I think. And I’ve always been so scared. I’ve always freaked out. I never did that and I will never allow my children to do that.

Your character, Stephanie, loses her legs. What are your thoughts on that?
This is something unbearable and really hard to imagine how it feels. It’s something we refuse to see because if it was us, how would you do? Nobody likes to confront their fears.

There’s an incredible scene where you communicate with an orca through a glass. How was that?
On the first day, my signs to the orca weren’t very precise and she didn’t get what I was asking her. I asked her again and she got mad at me. She screamed, and that was really weird. Even though it was super-secure and nothing could happen to me, I was in a state of shock. This was the biggest mouth ever, the biggest jaws ever and it was right in front of my face. The teeth were so scary. I was in shock. I cried right away. So we changed the orca for the shot.

There are also some quite explicit sex scenes…
I’ve never liked filming them as I don’t feel comfortable. But this story was different. The sex is a big part of the story. It’s a movie about love but also about flesh, about the body.

You won an Oscar as Best Actress for playing Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose. Do you still get excited when you are nominated for awards?
It’s always exciting but nothing will ever be like my experience on La Vie En Rose because I didn’t expect anything that happened. I’m always happy if people like what we do. With La Vie En Rose, everything was new and I didn’t even know it was possible with a French movie.

You were out in London recently with Bradley Cooper, Ben Affleck and George Clooney. The tough part of awards season?
Yes. That’s the very good side of it. They’re very funny, very smart and very nice.

Is it true though that you have a weakness instead for Will Ferrell and Steve Carell and silly US comedies?
I totally love those guys too but that night was a lot of fun.

What are your top comedies?
Blades Of Glory and Stepbrothers.

How about Wedding Crashers, with pre-famous Bradley Cooper?
That was him? I totally forgot it was him. Oh my God. He’s the one who’s supposed to marry Rachel McAdams. I remember now.

Have you told your agents what they need to find you?
That’s not the way I work. But maybe. Because I’ve done so many dramas. I would love it to work that way. I think I still have a lot of work to do before a good silly comedy comes my way.

What performance has blown you away this year?
Naomi Watts in The Impossible. Oh my God, prepare your tissue box. I didn’t know anything about the movie except it was about the tsunami. She totally killed me. And I’m totally in love with Jennifer Lawrence. She’s a prodigy. She’s 22, it’s insane.

You were named Harvard University’s Woman Of The Year and roasted by the students. How was that?
One of the craziest things. It was a journey with amazing people so in love with their university.

What did they tease you about?
Things they didn’t like. They teased me about my very bad acting in some of the movies I’ve done and it was kind of a relief to be able to laugh about it. They teased me about The Dark Knight Rises. It was amazing because, especially in France, you don’t get to make fun of yourself. But I love to be able to talk about things that you’d like to forget.

Rust And Bone is out February 25 on DVD and Blu-ray

Various Awards news round-up

Various Awards news round-up.

W Magazine’s Best Performance portfolio

Marion is included as one of W Magazine’s 33 Best Performances of 2013! I think this may be featured in their February issue, so we’ll be on the lookout for scans. The introductory article and caption about Marion can be read below, with the all-new photoshoot image in the Gallery. You can see the full Best Performances portfolio at WMagazine.com

Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone
“I have a crush on Harry Dean Stanton in Paris, Texas. He was my type of guy, especially when I was a kid. I was totally in love with him. I wanted to go anywhere with Harry Dean Stanton: Texas, Paris, whatever, wherever.”

Best Performances 2013
This year’s 33 brightest stars, up close and unscripted.
By Lynn Hirschberg

In 2012, sex all but disappeared from the movies. Perhaps because it was an election year, perhaps because America has been absorbed by a longing for heroes, the films this year were largely devoid of physical passion. Even James Bond, notorious for his tantalizing, exotic affairs, was nearly chaste in Skyfall. The Bond girl in the latest chapter was his boss and maternal figure, M, who stands for England in all its historic glory. Similarly, the runaway hit of the holiday season was Lincoln, in which Daniel Day-Lewis brilliantly gives voice and humanity to the greatness of what government can do: pass a law that ends a war and frees the oppressed. And while the creation of the Amendment that abolished slavery in America represents a kind of sexy happy-ending history lesson, the couplings in the film are mostly legislative. Zero Dark Thirty is another, more contemporary, slice of American-history-in-action, and though the war still rages, it also ends with a victory—the death of Osama bin Laden. The movie follows a CIA analyst named Maya, portrayed with intensity and steel by Jessica Chastain, who believes she has found the arch-terrorist’s lair and will not rest until he is killed. Although Maya works with a team of men and some women, she seems to exist as an island. It’s entirely possible that her goals could be pursued even with human interaction, but that might compromise her hero status in the viewer’s eyes.

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BAFTA Nomination!

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has just announced their nominees. Marion Cotillard & ‘Rust and Bone‘ as well as ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ got nominated. Congratulations!!

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Amour
Headhunters
The Hunt
Rust and Bone
Untouchable

LEADING ACTRESS
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Helen Mirren – Hitchcock
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life Of Pi
Marvel Avengers Assemble
Prometheus

The 2013 EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday 10 February at London’s Royal Opera House.

Australian Award Nomination

And some international flair has come to the awards game: The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) today announced the nominees in the five AACTA International Award categories, recognising international achievements in film as follows: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress:

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain. Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard. Rust and Bone
Nicole Kidman. The Paperboy
Jennifer Lawrence. Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva. Amour
Naomi Watts. The Impossible

The 2nd AACTA International Awards winners’ announcement event will be held in L.A., late January 2013.

Don’t forget: BAFTA awards nominations are announced tomorrow as of 7.35 am GMT by Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine (watch live) and Oscar nominations are announced the following day, on Thursday starting at 5.30 am PT by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone (website). Let’s hope we’ll hear Marion Cotillard’s name among the nominees!

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